Even before Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge debuted this summer, just the first glimpse of Ahmed Best in Jedi robes — as host and Jedi Master Kelleran Beq — was inspiring fan artists with his twinkling eyes and steady demeanor. On the Star Wars Kids game show, which released its season finale today, Master Beq…
Jedi Temple Challenge is absolutely a show aimed at children and I think any viewer should go in with that knowledge ahead of time, because it’s not meant to be anything other than a spiritual successor to Hidden Temple Challenge and other shows like that from the ‘90s/early ‘00s.
But it succeeds so well at being exactly that and being charming as hell about it, I watched the first two episodes back to back and I don’t think I stopped making a :D face the entire time. It’s sweet, it’s cute, it’s adorable, it’s fun, I kind of wanted to do the challenges myself!
Ahmed Best is fantastic in the role of Jedi Master Kelleran Beq, he’s charismatic and has a good upbeat energy without being manic, he keeps things moving, but is kind and sweet with the kids, and the kids are just having fun, and the sets are really lovely.
I love the set-up, the physical obstacle courses are a delight, the use of the dark side as a temptation during some of the challenges, the in-universe tales that are told as part of a memory game (written by Cavan Scott, so of course I loved the first two of them), all of it just works beautifully.
IT’S SUCH A CUTE SHOW AND I TOTALLY RECOMMEND IT IF YOU JUST WANT A FUN LITTLE FLUFFY THING OR IF YOU HAVE KIDS TO WATCH IT WITH.
Knowing that this is a chance for Ahmed to have a good time with Star Wars after the absolute horror show the fandom put him through because of Jar Jar, reading his comments about how much thought went into how to make this a good experience for the kids, whether they won or lost, all of that is incredibly touching. I’d watch it just because I get emotional every time they zoom in on the Jedi Order logo or because it’s cute, but knowing Mr. Best is getting a show that really does him justice and he’s been a delight to watch? That really put it over the top for me.
I am so, so pleased to see Ahmed Best back in the Star Wars world. You already know how furious I am about the way Star Wars “fans” treated him. And this looks awesome! It reminds me of the game shows I watched as a kid.
Here’s a Twitter post showing how much damn thought Best put into his character.
Disney Plus has ordered the game show “Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge.” Ahmed Best, known to “Star Wars” fans for playing Jar Jar Binks, will serve as the host of the series. In the show, young contestants will face tests of ability in the core Jedi principles of strength, knowledge, and bravery while facing obstacles […]
Ahmed Best, actor for Jar Jar Binks, posted this on his Twitter today. I am so heartbroken about this.
The backlash that this man got was so intense and so horrible, he almost contemplated ending his life. This is unacceptable. This is disgusting. And this needs to stop.
It doesn’t matter whether you love Jar Jar Binks or despise him. It should never get to this point. There is nothing in the world that ever makes this okay.
Jake Lloyd, Ahmed Best, Kelly Marie Tran…probably many others who have been through this same thing that I’m not aware of. This kind of harassment to these actors is sickening, and it tells a lot about the state of the Star Wars fandom, both back then and right now.
To Mr. Best, I hope you know that you never deserved any of that hate at all. The work you put into giving life and character to Jar Jar was amazing. And whatever people may say about Jar Jar, there is no denying that the work that went into him was groundbreaking and paved the way for future CGI characters and CGI in general.
You are such a friendly and funny person. There are so many fans out there who love Jar Jar and are supporting you through everything you do. I wish you nothing but happiness and prosperity in your life. Thank you for everything. ❤
Today Ahmed Best posted a picture of himself and his son on Twitter along with this message:
(“20 years next year I faced a media backlash that still affects my career today. This was the place I almost ended my life. It’s still hard to talk about. I survived and now this little guy is my gift for survival. Would this be a good story for my solo show? Lemme know.”)
……..so yeah, everything that happened to him, the harassment, the backlash, it was that bad. All through our growings up as Star Wars fans that was happening in the background. That lovely man nearly died.
There’s nothing I can add to that but I wanted to encourage people to leave him messages of support on the Twitter post. It must have taken a huge amount of guts to put that story on social media in the first place.